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5 Year Old with Itchy Eyes (Seasonal Allergies) Looking for Relief

My 5 year old has Seasonal Allergies and her eyes are really bothering her. This isn't unexpected as this happened the last few years but I'm concerned about the intensity this year. The strange thing is her eyes themselves are not red but the skin around them and her cheeks are red, I think partially from rubbing them. I know the allergies will pass but wanted some ideas on how to help her. She says a wet washcloth helps but you can't carry this around 24/7. The least amount of drugs the better, but if it comes to that I think she's uncomfortable enough that we may need to go that route. Thanks! T.

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We found out why her allergies seemed so bad this year. On top of dealing with that, she has the flu which is going around. She's spent late yesterday and today sleeping with a fever so I think her immunce system is working overtime. A few of her classmates have had this very recently without the itchy eyes and such, just fever/flu sypmtoms. While she is asleep she isn't rubbing her eyes and only blotting her eyes with the washcloth when she wakes. Right now she's on the couch in the living room so I'm taking the opportunity to wash her bedsheets and clean her room. Thanks everyone for the advice, I have a feeling I may need to go through it in the future, during the times her allergies are the worst. Take care, T.

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My 5 year old has seasonal allergies,too. She gets a nasal drip that makes her cough and snort at night, not letting her sleep so we finally did to the children's Claritin and it did help. I use it only when she needs it at night.
Another thing the doctor said which you might try is bathing every night before bed and changing her clothes when she comes in from outside to get the pollen off her hair and clothes. A real pain if you child is in and out a lot!
good luck!

K.

T. hi:

i have three boys, and the oldest has allergies and asthma. he gets relief by carrying with him in a zip block bag two tea bags of chamomile , it helps him clear the eyes, soothes the skin and uses vaseline for the eyes and lips at night. he also drinks lots of water and avoids things that can cause him allergies, like mushrooms ..
good luck!
warmly,
sandy

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I have a 4 year old with the exact same problem. We have found that BioAllers allergy formula. It's homeopathic and can be found in any health food store or Whole Foods. We get the general tree pollen or grass pollen one. It's just a few drops under the tongue and it doesn't really have any flavor. My son likes it and it seems to really help. We do the washcloth almost every night and morning.

I've also bought a bottle and taken it to school in case it happens during the day.

Hope this helps you too. D.

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My daughter had severe allergies and i am one of those that stays away from meds as much as I can... i took her to a great homeopathist... although her allergies are not gone, they are now tolerable.....it took a year, but it really helped.... before I would give her what our western doctor prescribed and it just made her drowsy.... I have used our homeopath for various things and am very happy with the results... the thing however is that it is a slow process and you need to be patient....

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I had serious allergies and 2 surgeries, was on year round meds for $300 per month. It eventually got so bad that I went in search of alternative healing methods. I learned Quantum Touch, Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki, and Reconnective Healing. I am completely free now and could teach or give sessions if necessary. But the important thing for you to know is that you and she can learn how to do it for yourselves.

I see you are with a cleansing company, has she done one? That could be beneficial and perhaps keeping her off of milk and gluten which are mucous forming. There are a lot better ways of getting calcium than from milk which is something that they add calcium and D to in order for it to be a marketing ploy. It is not naturally high in either.
Love, L.

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My son has seasonal Allergies and his eyes would swell up like little ping pong balls. This started around 2 years of age. He would brake out in hives and his nose would run all the time. When it was very bad I would give him something like Benadryl or Claritin. I took him have acupressure which helped to relive some of the problem. They get the irritant (pollen etc) on their eye lasses, hair etc and then into their little eyes. A wet wash cloth really helps and to change there clothes after being outside and have a shower. He would get it on his clothes and then transfer it onto his bed and other places. So at night he would get hives. So doing away with stuffed animals etc. can help. The bad part was that he had to stop playing baseball and other outdoor activities. I am now taking him to Dr. Chips. He is having allergy shots (not fun) but he is responding well. The shots work a lot like homeopathy. Dr. Chips said that he should someday even be able to have a cat. Dr. Chips is highly recommended if you decide to go that way. I hope you find your answer.

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I have a 5yo son who had seasonal alergies (itchy on his torso, face, eyes), asthma, and red bumps on his tushy. He immune system is just sensitive, his mom had it worse when she was a kid.

This has been affecting his quality of life. Itching interferes with his sleep, which makes him cranky, it is a downward spiral. About 6 weeks ago, I decided to experiment and see if there is anything I could do to help.
6 weeks later, he is almost itch-free. The only thing that still ocassionally bothers him is his eyes.

The treatment that worked was replacing all beauty products with no-alergen versions, thoroughly cleaning him in the salt bath every night, and applying moisturizer afterwards. I am not sure what part of the treatment was the key, I do not want to mess with success.

Every night, he takes a lukewarm bath before bed. I make the bath water salty with himalayian salts. Other salts might work too, this is just what we had lying around when I started. There, he cleanses his eyes by going under water with a snorkel, and keeping them open under water for a bit. This does not work perfectly, his eyes are still a bit itchy after, but it helps.

Then I soap all the itchy parts, torso, face, tushy, and really clean them well.
After bath, he gets a moisturizer treatment all over. And we are done!

I've found the non-alergenic products by going to Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Database, and searching for products that have zero hazard score. We ended up with Kiss My Face soap, a hemp-based moisturizer, and California Baby shampoo.

His body itches are completely gone. He still gets red cheeks by the end of the day, that are gone by next morning. Tushy bumps are almost non-existent. The only remaining itch is his eyes, and even those are a lot better.

You can carry a damp wash cloth (the colder the better) in a zip lock bag. Put it in her bag or back pack. For the irritated skin, Vaseline works best for us. apply it liberally and often. She wont rub as much cuz it feels wierd, but mostly it's very soothing. I have my little one splash cold water on his face and wipe it with a towell after then Vaseline and he's good for hours.

Hi, I have a 12 year old son with seasonal allergies. When he was 5-6 the allergies were most prominent, and he eyes suffered the most, as well as my heart. The warm washcloth REALLY helped, and I used it in the morning, after school, and at bedtime...even if the allergies didn't seem bad that day. Some told me that the "bad days" were actually from the allergies the day BEFORE. So, I "trained my brain" to act as a preventative mom.It seemed to help, actually. I washed/changed his pillowcase often. I always had a "wipey's" in the car for him to "rub his eyes". And what I think really worked was Zicam nose spray at night. This way he would wake up clear. Now he is older and the allergies are getting less, but now I can use Afrin for him . We tried Zyrtec and Claritin for YEARS! I cannot tell to this day, if they really helped at all. I thought Dimeatapp helped. I tried not to use Benadryl unless it was a weekend. Someone also told me to put SPOONS into the freezer, and when his eyes were puffy and itchy pull out a spoon and let it press on the eye for relief. I had spoons ready to go, but never tried it. Hope all this helps. Good Luck!

My 5 year old has seasonal allergies,too. She gets a nasal drip that makes her cough and snort at night, not letting her sleep so we finally did to the children's Claritin and it did help. I use it only when she needs it at night.
Another thing the doctor said which you might try is bathing every night before bed and changing her clothes when she comes in from outside to get the pollen off her hair and clothes. A real pain if you child is in and out a lot!
good luck!

K.

My daughter has horrible allergies too. The only the we found that worked was medicine. You can try Claritin since it is over the counter. If the eye itching continues, you can ask your pediatrician for a prescription of Pantanol (sp?). My daughter has used it off and on for years for her eye itching and the drops are very soothing.

T. hi:

i have three boys, and the oldest has allergies and asthma. he gets relief by carrying with him in a zip block bag two tea bags of chamomile , it helps him clear the eyes, soothes the skin and uses vaseline for the eyes and lips at night. he also drinks lots of water and avoids things that can cause him allergies, like mushrooms ..
good luck!
warmly,
sandy

You may want to try some eye drops. I use the ones that do not have the preservative in them. I don't know if she'll let you put them directly in her eyes, but you can put them in the corner of her eyes. They work wonders for me (I've got dry eye syndrome) and they are safe. I wouldn't let her carry them around herself, but they come in little sizes that fit great in your purse or pocket. I'm sorry to hear she is sick with the flu and hope she gets better soon! Good luck.

There is an amazing medication called Patanol eyedrops and it helps tremendously. You need an Rx for this.

You might try going the natural route. Head to your local Whole Foods or (even better) if you live in the Bay Area go to Elephant Pharm and check out natural remedies. Homeopathic remedies are 100% safe (with no side effects) and I have found them to be very effective when using them on my 15 month old for teething and colds. Good Luck!!

Honestly, I do not believe there are a whole lot of natural approaches to dealing w/ allergies, since allergies themselves are to natural substances. My DD has terrible pollen allergies. When she was about 5 we started giving her Claritin, which has helped a great deal. When we need a fast fix, we do Benadryl, but that does make her drowsy so we try to do it at night when needed. Claritin is better for daily therapy and is safe for children as young as 2. Talk to her doctor first, but rest assured allergy medications are not going to damage your child. They will make her better able to live a normal life.

Alocril is the best preventative eye drop for kids. My daughter started using it when she was in Kindergarten during the spring allegry season. Her eyes were so red and puffy for weeks until we tried this eye drop. She still uses Op-conA from time to time, but the Alocril really works!

I agree with the homeopathic approach - the company I work through has some great homeopathic remedies. Also, if you can find some local raw honey - sometimes that helps with local allergies, and it should be safe since she's 5 yrs. old. Then, I would find some non-toxic lotion to use around her face. I would also use therapeutic grade essential oils to diffuse in the air as certain ones can purify the air. I wouldn't use chamomile as she may have ragweed allergies. Therapeutic grade Lavendula augustafolia (Lavender) essential oil may help her breathing and keep her calm.

Hopefully you'll find the right mix of things that will help.

Blessings,

B. C., CR, SCCI, BCRS, LSH, CNHC, EFT-CC

I started using Naphcon eye drops on my kids when they were young and had seasonal allergies. The pediatrician said they were okay to use. The best way to get them in your child's eyes (if you choose to use them) are to have her lay down and close her eyes. Put a drop in the corner of each eye and have her open her eyes and blink several times. It really worked on them. They had some nasal congestion, but the worse part of the hayfever were the itchy eyes. If they did rub their eyes too much, they'd lay down with a cold washcloth on their eyes. I used to keep them in a baggie in the fridge (I'd buy the cheapest white ones from Target). If they had sports during allergy season (soccer practice, etc.), I'd put some in the freezer and they'd take them with them in the baggie to use (works well if they get really hot too).

The tree pollen is really bad right now. I would not let your daughters symptoms go untreated. Talk to your doctor or first try an over the counter antihistamine like claritan. If that doesn't work there is a nasal spray indicated down to age 2 called Veramyst that works on relieving the eye symptoms and the nose symptoms.
Good luck.

Children's Benadryl works great i use it on my 3 1/2 year old Grandson. Sorry i dont have any home remedies good luck.

Hello

My son has this problem. His eyes were red under his bottom lashes and his skin looked dry and flaky. I took him to the doctor and was prescribed some medication to apply under his eyes. I had to get the medication from the pharmacist. The doctor said it is caused by allergies.

Recently a child in my infant room at our child development center developed redness around his eyes. He had no fever.I asked his parents to take him to the doctor for a check anyway. It turns out that he had excema around his eyes - something I had never heard of in the eye area. The doctor recommended cortisone cream and it cleared up quickly.
G.

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